Friday, March 7, 2014

WeChat Outs Version 5.2: New Features and Updates

I just came from China and words cannot describe how big WeChat in China is. Almost all the suppliers that we talked to there have WeChat and of course, being free and convinient, we all chose to communicate via WeChat.

WeChat just released their version 5.2 for both Android and iOS. What's new in this version?

Improved menu bar
Now more organized and developed to adapt to the habits of smartphone users, features are now comparmentalized into three sections -- chats, discover, and contacts. 'Chats' is where all your conversations are stored while the 'Discover' tab provides an easy access to your WeChat Moments (WeChat's social networking aspect) and other options like QR Code scanning, Shake, People Nearby, Drift Bottle, Games and Sticker Shop. 'Contacts' provide an easy shortcut to your contact list.

New Features:
Friend Radar
If you're attending an event or a conference, easily add other WeChat users within the vicinity using this function. This gives people the ease to network amongst each other eliminating the need to manually get each person's details in the process. Also, as an added feature in the contacts directory, you can now add various details in each contact like adding their business card, photos so you can easily remember them and etc.

Real-Time Location Sharing
You can now show your friends where you are! This is GPS tracking, the social networking way! You can also use the walkie-talkie feature without the need to get those handheld radios for 2-way communication as WeChat already provides this and more!

Universal Search
No more manually browsing each and every message in your conversation history. WeChat now provies easy searching by adding a universal search feature which can help you quickly find a message or contact by typing it in the seach field within the chats tab.

Other Improved Features
WeChat 5.2 also integrates Group Chat Photo album. Photos you shared via Group Chat are arranged by date for easy searching and stored in one location so you can easily find them. For the Sticker Shop, they now added more animated stickers, group chat mention notification, boosted audio and video quality and you can now add your LinkedIn account.

About WeChat

WeChat envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. A mobile social communication app designed for smartphone users, WeChat is the world’s fastest growing social app with over 100 million registered accounts internationally.

WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways by bringing together messaging, social communication and gaming in one seamless, interactive experience, with comprehensive privacy and security settings that can be tailored as needed.

WeChat is an all-in-one app that enables users to add friends with several innovative features. These include highly convenient and reliable QR code scanning, phonebook and location-based connection services such as "Hold Together”, “People Nearby” and “Shake.” The platform facilitates social interaction with real-time “Walkie Talkie,” “Voice Call,” and “Video Call.” Supported on data networks and Wi-Fi, WeChat makes it easy to stay connected with friends anywhere, anytime. Users can choose to communicate and share photos one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”. The popular WeChat Sticker Shop has a variety of fun animated emoticons to express any emotion.  Also, with a host of addictive WeChat Games, users can play and challenge their friends on the move, share scores and even find competitors nearby.

WeChat is available free for download on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows operating systems.

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